Daily Digest - March 23, 2017
“Clients are saying they are scared to come into the clinic for fear of getting pulled over by the police while in transit, and some have even reported pulling their children out of school.” — Jessica Muñoz, of Methodist Healthcare Ministries of South Texas.
Churches, ministries see fear over immigration policy
SAN ANTONIO, Texas (UMNS) — San Antonio is important in the history of Hispanic Methodism, and it’s a good place to ask United Methodists about the early effects of President Trump’s stricter approach on immigration. More fear — that’s what many say they’re seeing. Sam Hodges reports.
John Goodwin, United Methodist photographer, dies
EMERSON, N.J. (UMNS) — John C. Goodwin, who worked for many years as a photographer for the United Methodist Board of Global Ministries and captured the scene at 10 United Methodist General Conferences, died March 22 at Emerson Healthcare after a long illness. Goodwin also photographed some of the most well-known people of the 1960s, many of whom lent their celebrity to the peace movement. Survivors include his two sons, David and Ben Goodwin.
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Relational leadership helps church grow
BULLARD, Texas (UMNS) — Bullard First United Methodist Church, just south of Tyler, was seeing its community grow but had not yet pushed its average worship attendance past the 200 mark. The Texas Conference reports how the Rev. David Brasher’s relational leadership style helped the church reach more people and flourish.
Harkness: Methodist trailblazer in theology
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMC.org) — Georgia Harkness (1891-1974) was a theologian who broke ground for women in Methodism when the pulpits and seminaries were closed to females. Harkness was a voice for racial and gender equality, a prolific author, and her hymns and prayers are still known today.
South Carolina youth collect bikes for needy
GREENVILLE, S.C. (UMNS) — United Methodist youth across South Carolina are continuing local efforts to collect new and gently used bikes for people in need. Jessica Brodie reports for the Advocate.
A focus on 'My Utmost for His Highest'
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (UMNS) — The Rev. James Howell’s mother-in-law, Jean Stevens Stockton, has for decades been a constant reader of “My Utmost for His Highest,” by Oswald Chambers. That book inspired the new memoir “Utmost,” by Macy Halford. Howell reflects on his mother-in-law’s faith and his own belated and fruitful reading of Chambers’ devotional classic.
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Here are some of the activities ahead for United Methodists across the connection. If you have a United Methodist event to share, you can add it to the calendar with this submission form.
Sunday, March 26
UMCOR Sunday — Gifts to UMCOR Sunday lay the foundation for all United Methodist Committee on Relief work by covering the costs of doing business. This means all contributions designated to specific programs can go 100 percent to these programs because UMCOR’s basic expenses are covered. Details
Tuesday, March 28
The Generosity Ingredient: Not Fundraising, Disciple-Making — 9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m., CST. This new webinar series will help pastors explore how to keep generosity as a key ingredient in the recipe for making faithful disciples of Jesus Christ. Led by the Rev. Ken Sloane, Discipleship Ministries' director of stewardship and connectional ministries, four sessions are scheduled every other Tuesday morning beginning March 28 and continuing Apr. 11, Apr. 25 and May 9. Details